Something old represents the couple's friends who will hopefully remain close during the marriage . Traditionally this was an old garter given to the bride by a happily married woman in the hope that her happiness in her marriage and the stability of married life would be passed on to the new bride.
Something new represents the new adventure the newlyweds' are embarking on as a married couple along with a happy and prosperous future.
Something borrowed is often lent by the bride's family and is an item much valued by the family. The bride must return the item to ensure good luck. This symbolises the love and support of family and friends
Something blue originated in ancient Israel where the bride wore a blue ribbon in her hair to represent love and fidelity.
And a sixpence in your shoe was to ensure wealth to the couple in married life. Today some brides substitute a penny in their shoe during the ceremony, as silver sixpences are less common.